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Transforming Post-Catholic IrelandReligious Practice in Late Modernity$
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Gladys Ganiel

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198745785

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198745785.001.0001

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People of Minority Religions

People of Minority Religions

(p.210) 11 People of Minority Religions
Transforming Post-Catholic Ireland

Gladys Ganiel

Oxford University Press

This chapter is based on ten in-depth interviews with people from some of the island’s ‘minority religions’ (Buddhism, Islam, Baha’i, Judaism, Hinduism, and Sikhism), as well as data from atheists who completed the laity survey. It focuses on the divide between the fulfilling experiences of practising their religion (or atheism) in the private sphere, and the public sphere where people feel their religions are rejected and unrecognized. When prompted, some saw ecumenism as a possible route to greater public recognition and engagement, even if the Christian churches’ commitment to including minority religions in ecumenism is not strong. While minority religions are now established options in the island’s mixed, post-Catholic religious market, they do not enjoy the same privileges and prestige as denominations, congregations, and groups from the island’s Christian traditions.

Keywords:   minority religions, Islam, Buddhism, atheism, ecumenism, public sphere, private sphere, Judaism, Hinduism, Sikhism

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